Apr 3, 2004 12:33am
Re: Some info please
Hi Rob in NJ, this Tyler in San DIego (SD). Welcome to the Live Music Archive! There is a butt-load of free live music here for you to peruse, download, read about, all that good times. We just recently hit the landmark of 10,000 full live shows by 500 different artists. It is good times and things are just getting better here.
To answer some questions:
First off, go through this FAQ. it has lots of good stuff for the Archive:
and to answer your questions:
1. The dead shows are brand new thing on the archive. Only last week or so, in reality. :) the Dead policy allows public non-commercial archiving, which is what the LMA is. Normally for most of the artists here, a fan contacts the band, asks if they are cool with fan-recorded live shows being hosted here, the band says ok, and then a section is made and shows uploaded and made public. The dead is a unique case, and because there are SO many shows and so many sources, the addition / regulation of shows is right now a trickle in-process run by Jon Aizen, our head archive admin. He is working with a group of dead-head tapers / traders who are doing the quality assuarance / quality control on the dead collection, and so they are working by adding specific years. Other years are following, it just will take a while before all of them are public and the dead is open to the regular 'anyone can contribute shows' type of level that most of the artists are at currently at the archive.
2. .flac files and .shn files are the main file types here at the archive. they are 'loss-less' commpression file types in that if you take a .wav and compress to .shn (or .flac) and then upcompress back to .wav, the 2nd wav is identical to the 1st, so it is a loss-less file. .mp3's are 'lossy' in that when you uncompress, the 2nd wav is degraded slightly compared to the 1st. There is some great info on what each file is, and how to play them here:
also, in the audio live music archive FAQ i posted above.
3. There is no phish because they declined to be included. Any band can say 'yes' or 'no' to the archive, and we will respect their wishes. They said no right when the archive was starting in late summer 02, mostly probbably because they were starting to do the same type of thing but charging for it through their Live Phish downloads. Read phish's official statement why they said no on their policy page here:
So browse around! most shows will be available in mp3 soon, and all new imported shows will be converted unless the taper or the band has said they want the files to reamin as loss-less only.
Post again if you have more questions / probelms!